On the 8th of July 2017, Rwendama Women’s group held a celebration to thank Elizabeth and two other people, Isaac Kabandize (the former Kanyaryeru Sub County Local Council 3 chairman (2004 – 2011) and Bright Nuwamanya the sub county chief. We were served a very delicious meal and thereafter there were introductions and speeches from the members and then invited guests.
PENHA as part of its strategic principle of expanding its partnerships and developing a mutual collaborations has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) and with a German NGO up4change e.
Over the last five years, PENHA has been engaging in a strategic repositioning process. See the note below from the Chair of the Trustees:
I am delighted to inform you on behalf of the PENHA Board that Bereket Tsegay has been appointed as the organisation’s new Interim Director.
Requested by the PENHA Board of Trustees in London; the outgoing director of PENHA Dr. Zeremariam Fre has visited PENHA Uganda during November–December 2016.The main purpose of the mission was to assess the current situation of PENHA in Uganda in terms of challenges and opportunities, meet with PENHA associates, volunteers, Local Advisory Board members, selected NGOs (namely EASSI, ACORD, Makerere University and SIHA) and the NGO Bureau in Kampala.
PENHA research and networking activities in Ethiopia have increased over the last six months. The following activities and achievements related to the Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar of Ethiopia (SPIDA) and related activities can be highlighted:
PENHA and the Pastoral Environmentalist Association in Kassala State (PEAKS) jointly implemented a women’s empowerment training activities focusing on enhancing the handicrafts and improving small animals breeding in rural Kassala of the Eastern Sudan. The project activity was intended to provide a unique opportunity for pastoralist communities to improve the use of technology, design, innovation and develop market linkages.
PENHA works with pastoral, agro-pastoral and farming communities across Somaliland. In 2016, PENHA began working with the communities of Batalaale and Biyo Guure, near the port of Berbera, in the Sahil Region.
There have been a number of initiatives to provide education to nomadic pastoralist children in the Greater Horn of Africa. The various outcomes depend on the national state policies on education. Many of such well-intended state led interventions have been small scale, ineffective and unsustainable. Moreover, there is evidence that some interventions have been successful at least in the pilot phases but deemed to fail once the piloting ended. Such projects include mobile schooling, distance education including radio broadcasting, residential/boarding schools, feeding schools.
The Ethiopian Government has issued its new national strategy on Prosopis in January 2017 after having consecutive consultation and stakeholder engagements. In bringing the regional dimension of the Prosopis agenda in the Horn of Africa, PENHA in partnership with IFAD and other national organisations both NGOs and private sector had played key role in organising a regional conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2014.